Carrie Underwood and ‘The Dress’

The gowns, the diamonds, and the gold were out in full force at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, and Carrie Underwood stunned the crowd by becoming the first woman since 2001 to be named ACM Entertainer of the Year. “I’ve had a lot of good moments in the last four years. This one takes the cake!” said a teary-eyed Underwood. But it wasn’t her ground-breaking award that had the fashion world buzzing – it was her outrageous ‘lava-like’ Rafael Cennamo merlot gown that nearly took up the entire stage as she performed for the star-studded audience. The Associated Press got a sneak peak at the dress during rehearsals, but was sworn to secrecy. When they asked Carrie, herself, about the red-hot number, she gave an appropriately coy response. “It’s big,” she confessed. “It’s big. There’s a lot – a lot of dress.”

Other fashion winners on the ACMA ‘orange’ carpet included lots of blondes and lots of gold. Taylor Swift looked stunning in red Angel Sanchez – her first time wearing the color on the carpet – with Neil Lane teardrop gemstone earrings that matched her eyes to perfection. Singer Miranda Lambert arrived wearing an Ippolita 18k gold and citrine lollipop necklace, smoky topaz earrings and a matching ring in clear quartz. Julianne Hough, whose gold Zuhair Murad frock ripped as she went to accept her Top New Artist Award, accessorized her look with gold teardrop earrings, and a glowing Kellie Pickler rounded out the metallic mavens in a gold Zuhar Murad Haute Couture frock with a rockin’ citrine right hand ring.

And the fashion losers? Nicole Kidman did her best Cruella de Ville imitation in black sequined L’Wren Scott with nary a jewel in sight. Lee Ann Rimes’ snake ring wasn’t enough to get her little black dress out of snoresville. And the ‘less-is-more’ police should have had a word with Kardashian matriarch, Kris Jenner. Sorry, Kris. The Reba McEntire-hosted event aired last night on CBS, but you can get your own golden glow right here on Jewelry.com. Choose from our treasure chest full of yellow gold jewels and make every night an award-winner!

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